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20 January 2020

Level 2 water restrictions apply across the Lower Hunter

Level 2 water restrictions apply across the Lower Hunter from today, in response to the worst drought on record.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said tighter water restrictions are needed to help conserve the region’s drinking water supplies, with dam levels now at their lowest in almost 40 years.

“While it was a very welcome sight to see some rain, the severe drought continues across much of our state, including in the Lower Hunter,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The rain has helped wet the ground, but unfortunately due to the prolonged dry conditions, more follow-up rain is needed to significantly boost the region’s dams.

“Level 2 water restrictions are in place from today and it’s really important everyone continues to make water savings around their homes and businesses.”

Under Level 2 water restrictions, outdoor watering is limited to 15 minutes every second day while vehicles and buildings can only be washed with a bucket and showers are limited to four minutes.

Hunter Water’s Acting CEO Graham Wood said Hunter Water was prioritising its efforts to find and fix water leaks, in response to the challenging conditions.

“We recognise the community is doing their bit to save water, with usage down 18 per cent and I’d like to say thank you for following the water restrictions and loving water,” Mr Wood said.

“We’re doing our part by increasing our active leak detection work and bringing in additional crews to repair leaks quicker. We are also in the final stages of developing an assistance program for customers who find and fix leaks on their properties.”

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